The next Android should gain a feature that aims to increase user security: code records indicate that Android 14 will block the installation of applications that are too old outside the Google Play Store.
The Play Store is the official Android app store, but it’s not the only way to install apps on smartphones. It is also possible to install from the outside, which is known as sideloading. This allows apps that are not available in official stores, or that are not available in the store in a specific country, to be added to devices.
But, according to 9to5Google, Android 14 will have a new limitation for sideloading: applications that are not compatible with a minimum version of the operating system will be blocked even when the user tries to install them outside of stores.
Initially, they will only be compatible with very old versions of Android, but the idea is that Google will block the installation of any application that is incompatible with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, from 2015.
The measure aims to increase user privacy and security, as these outdated apps may contain flaws that can be exploited by hackers and malicious people.
The Play Store currently requires apps to be compatible with Android 12 to be available, but for installation via sideloading the idea is to allow some older applications.
Although Google intends to add the limitation of apps via sideloading in Android 14, it is up to the manufacturers to define whether or not smartphones will have the restriction – that is, in some models it may be possible to install even apps that have not been updated since before 2015.
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